31 May 2013, 12:52

‘Chemical weapons is absolutely inadmissible’ – Lukashevich about capture of sarin gas by Turkish forces

Александр Лукашевич

Russia has expressed concerns about yesterdays’ reports by Turkish media that the country’s security forces had found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front.

"We are extremely concerned with media reports. Russia believes that the use of any chemical weapons is absolutely inadmissible,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich is quoted by a Russian TV channel as saying on Thursday.

Earlier this Monday Turkish special anti-terror forces detained 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda and described as “the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels.

A search that followed Wednesday in the detainees’ homes in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia revealed a 2kg with sarin gas, which was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.

However, Governor of the Adana province in southern Turkey Huseyin Avni Cos did not confirm the capture, but indicated that they had found “some chemicals" that were still being studied by experts.

Five of those detained were releases later.

The incident has added fuel to speculations that Ankara keeps maintaining a policy of bolstering the Syrian opposition without becoming embroidered in the Syrian civil war.

Earlier on May 11, over 50 people were killed and 140 more injured by two car bombs explosions in the Turkish town of Reyhanlı, located near the country’s border with Syria. Ankara has accused Damascus of helping those suspected of carrying out the attacks. Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoubi in response denied any such allegations, saying his country "did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that".

Voice of Russia, RT

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